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French Country Decoupage


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French Country Decoupage

The word decoupage comes from Middle French "decouper", meaning to cut out or cut from something.

Everything you need to do this!

Here's some gorgeous pieces done with Decoupage

It's as simple as deciding what you'd like to cover - then getting your paper (scrapbook) - fancy napkins - or wallpaper and a container of Mod Podge

One of the beautiful things about decoupage is that you distress it - giving it a gorgeous finish. Look at the table above - it looks like it's been painted.

Now you may be thinking of how much you don't want paper stuck to your furniture. That's the other beautiful thing in decoupaging. - the papers invisible look at the pink dresser above.

Decoupaging is only done one way and I'm going to show you.

Step 1. Clean your piece. If you need to sand it a bit to make it smooth - than go ahead.

The most important part when your decoupaging is that the surface is impeccably smooth.

Step 2. Cut your paper to fit the area you'll be decoupaging.

You can do this several ways.

  1. You could lay your paper over the area where it will be and score the sides - then cut with a pair of scissors.
  2. Or you could lay your paper over the area where it will be and cut the edges with an X-acto knife.
  3. If going around something circular, cut 2" circles out of your paper, or you could buy a 2" round punch.  Then you'll wrap the circular area with several of the 2" circles - like table legs.

Step 2. Pour your Mod Podge into a dish. This in essence is glue, so all you need to do is soak your dish to wash it.

Step 3. Using a sponge brush, apply Mod Podge to the surface of your piece in a nice thin even coat.

Step 4. Take your paper and lay it flat over the Mod Podge and wait a few minutes for it to start drying a bit.

Step 5. Very - very gently begin smoothing out your paper by running your fingers over the surface. A brayer is perfect for this.

Step 6. After your paper is completely dry, this is the time that you'd want to distress it. You can do this as much as you'd like. Maybe you just want to do the edges. Maybe you want to do the edges, as well as across the entire surface a bit. You create what you like.

Step 7. After you've distressed the paper to your liking, protect your work with a coat of Mod Podge. You'll simply do this by brushing Mod Podge over the entire surface and allowing to completely dry (preferrably overnight) before touching.

You could even do just the sides of your dresser and nightstand drawers for a gorgeous look.

Decoupaging & Crackling Glass

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Are you working on top of the glass or underneath the glass?

Step 1. Clean the glass with a paper towel and alcohol.

Working on top of the glass

Step 2. Paint your piece in the color you'd like. You'll need to apply several coats to completely cover it.

Step 3. After your coats of paint are dry, brush white glue over the surface of your piece and allow to become tacky.

Step 4. Once your glue is tacky, apply a light color of either white or cream over the entire surface of your piece and allow to dry.

Wait at least 12 hours for the paint and glue to dry completely.

Step 5. Cut the image from your paper or napkin, remove the back of the napkin.

Step 6. Apply Mod Podge to the back of your napkin piece and lay over your surface, gently smoothing out with your fingers.

Working underneath the glass

Step 1. Take your image(s) and apply Mod Podge to the backs. Place onto the back of your piece and allow to dry.

Step 2. Now paint the entire back of your piece in the paint color you've chosen and allow to dry.

Step 3. When the paint is dry, brush white glue over the entire surface of your piece and allow to become tacky.

Step 4. Once your glue is tacky, apply a light color paint white or cream over the entire surface of your piece and allow to dry. You'll begin to see it crackle. Allow to dry.

Decoupage Candles

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It's as simple as it looks.

These are made with a map which is gorgeous, but you can choose what you'd like to use.

Step 1. Place your candle down onto the paper with one side of the candle along one edge of the paper, then mark the top of the candle onto the paper.

Step 2. Get a ruler and measure how much the mark is and make a mark further down on the paper. Now align your two marks and draw a line.

Step 3. Now you can cut your paper. Place your candle back onto the paper and bring the paper around and mark approximately 1/2" more than the end of where the candle is.

Step 4. Now you'll want to cut your paper going the other way so it fits perfectly around your candle.

Step 5. Apply Mod Podge all around your candle, then apply the paper over the Mod Podge. Using your hands smooth over the paper. .

Step 6. Stand your candle up and make sure the paper is aligned with both the bottom and top.

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